Michigan State makes guide to U.S. customs for international students

Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The Michigan State University School of Journalism has released a guide on U.S. customs -- including dating and tipping -- for international students.

The guide, "100 Questions & Answers about Americans," available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites, includes questions and answers on subjects including tipping, smiling at strangers and asking someone out on a date, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.

Joe Grimm, the visiting editor in residence at MSU's school of journalism, and former ombudsman of the Free Press, was asked by the school's Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives to make a guide similar to the one his class made about Arabs more than a decade ago.

The school said it has more than 6,700 students from 131 nations, with a large number of the international students hailing from China.

Grimm said the 16 students in his class contributed to the guide by interviewing international students about the questions that have about United States customs.

"It forces students to talk to people across cultures and to learn how to ask awkward questions," he said.

"The questions were framed by where the people were from," Grimm said. "We had someone from Saudi ask why Americans work so hard. We had someone from China who asked why Americans didn't work hard."

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